Murmuring: from Maximized Manhood
Murmuring in its simplest form is nothing more or less than “negative confession.”
Complaining, criticizing, faultfinding, rumoring—all and more are classified as murmuring. First Corinthians 5:11 KJV speaks of a “railer,” a word we don’t ordinarily use today. A railer is a slanderer, a blasphemer, a reviler, and God requires us to deal with them in vehemence and discipline.
1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.KJV
So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.NASB95
The tongue is like that. Small remarks, cutting comments, or sarcastic jibes eventually create roaring bonfires of hate, warfare, and enmity. Consuming relationships, it leaves nothing but embers. Men murmur about their company or boss at the water cooler, and then complain because they do not get promoted. They murmur against the preacher, and wonder why their children don’t respond to the Gospel. They murmur against God’s Word, and then complain when they don’t see faith take effect in their lives.
Here is my confession “I have done this” There has been many times I have murmured where I have worked or served in because I don’t like what I see sometimes. Instead of going straight to the person and just asking questions, I will murmur which turns into judgment and then it gets even uglier. I will murmur with my wife, and instead of making a situation better, I make it worse. It is just a bad deal. I could write more but I think you get the point, You have to be very careful, because when you murmur with anyone and they murmur back. You then just make the situation worse. I have the hat and Tee-shirt for that one.
I think for me the next time I feel like I need to murmur then I should take that problem straight to Holy Spirit and see what He thinks about that.
Do you murmur?
Holy Spirit I ask you to reveal yourself right now and show this person if they murmur and to walk as a Son or Daughter ….. To live free!
6 thoughts on “Canaan pt. II”
Very encouraging. I have murmured and complained, but lately there is more of the character of Jesus over flowing my cup and I find life much more peaceful for me, as well as those around me. I have learned if I cannot say something nice to bite my tongue and just shut up. All that stuff reveals something in a person I just read about in Numbers 14. Awesome word my brother Kee. You bless me continually.
Peace and grace,
Thanks for sending my nuts to my eye sockets!!!!! This one hit me really hard. It exposed my whining, murmuring heart.
Great stuff Kee!!!! Keep sending them!!!
Love Ya Brother!!!
I feel that murmuring has much to do with contentment. We don’t like the situation that GOD put us in. We think that it could be better. If everything comes form HIM that we need to stay where we are until something changes. We need to look at ourselves and examine our hearts. God put me here for a reason, I can either get better or get bitter, the choice is mine, but God put me in this situation to make be better.
Murmuring is a sign of immaturity in my book. If we murmur and complain, there is something in us that wants to rebel against the situation. From the abundance of the mouth the heart speaks.
I am so guilty of murmuring, just shut up and take on the responsibility of becoming better from the situation.
yes I murmur, my job requires it, but now I try a lot to think before I do it. it requires judgment on people outside work Father has really convicted me to try and ask Him for help with my tongue,
I was reading in Gen 4:8 today and it made me think of Kevin's devo this morning; the verse says Cain “talked” to Abel. But the result of the conversation makes it appears to be “Cain Murmured to Abel”. God had just talked to Cain about not doing his offering “well or correctly, as instructed”. Now Cain is talking to Abel about what God said, he did not go to God. This brings thru to Abel the unresolved anger Cain had toward God in the form of MURDER!!!
From Murmuring to Murder, not a long trip……Just say-in…..
Gen 4:8 Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.
That was good stuff Kee! It cut deep for me as I'm sure it will for others as well. Thanks for sending it out.